Now that was mean. But who couldn't be in a foul mood after the game last night? Not only did the Knights fall to the Rock, 82-72, but even if they had won, the game had an air of negativity to it. Examples:
- Instead of rooting for their team, the SRU football players/jeerleaders razzed against Gannon the whole night -- repeatedly commanding coach Reilly to sit down, chanting "Kyyyyyle, Kyyyyyle, Kyyyyle", and, worst of all, grabbing a Gannon player's shorts during a sideline inbounds play.
- When the officials (finally) attempted to take control of those unruly fans, SRU coach Kevin Reynolds walked over to the kids, said a few words, and then shook their freaking hands. The jeerleaders then roared even louder. A couple jumped out of the stands and onto the floor. That'll teach 'em!
- Gannon fans spent most of the night barking at the referees. A fan in front of me (who is a regular reader of this website, thank you) alternated his complaints between "Get in the game, ref!" and "Boo! Boo! Boo!" My daughter even chimed in once with a "Boo!" It was contagious.
- I'm fine with a certain level of trash talking, but chest bumping your opponent and pushing your forehead into his face is way over the line. But that's what SRU's Kyle Camper did repeatedly to George Johnson, once right in front of the Rock bench. If I was coach Reynolds, I would have yanked Camper out of the game for unsportsmanlike conduct. But I'm predicting that being the disciplinarian that he is, Reynolds instead shook Camper's hand.
A longtime faithful Gannon fan who I talked with this morning said it best. After Gannon fell to East Stroudsburg earlier this season, you were disappointed that your team lost but you had to hand it to the Warriors for an honest effort. After this loss, you felt nothing but bitterness. Personally, I'm hoping Slippery Rock's football team goes 0-11 next year.